Synopsys Survey Reveals Customer Facing Web and Mobile Applications as the Top Security Challenge for IT Professionals in Asia

In addition, 48 Percent for Survey Respondents Believe Lack of Skilled Security Personnel or Training Is Key Secondary Challenge

Singapore, 4 December 2017 – Synopsys, Inc. (Nasdaq: SNPS) today announced the results of a survey of 244 IT professionals that revealed customer-facing web and mobile applications present the highest security risk to businesses in Asia Pacific. In addition, 48 percent of those surveyed highlighted the lack of skilled security personnel or training as one of the biggest challenges to implementing an application security program. Read the full survey results.

Geok Cheng Tan, managing director of Asia Pacific for the Synopsys Software Integrity Group commented, “It is not surprising that web and mobile applications represent such a high risk to businesses in Asia, as they often process highly sensitive information and cyberattacks targeting them are increasing in sophistication in the region. To effectively address cyber threats, software companies need to move beyond reactive measures by implementing software security initiatives that embrace the fundamentals of software integrity and proactively build security and quality into their software development lifecycle (SDLC).”

Other main findings of the survey include:

  • A total of 54 percent of the respondents viewed customer-facing web and mobile applications as the areas presenting the highest security risk to businesses, followed closely by embedded and IoT systems at 20 percent. Desktop applications and internal-facing web applications were represented at 16 percent and 10 percent respectively.
  • Aside from the technical challenges in securing customer-facing web applications, 38 percent of professionals identified protection of customer data and intellectual property (IP) as paramount, while 12 percent suggested regulatory compliance.
  • 66 percent of the respondents have a strategy in place in the event of a security incident. 16 percent said they did not, while 18 percent suggested that they are unsure. This suggests that nearly one-fourth of the respondents (24 percent) remains unprepared in the face of a cyberattack.
  • 82 percent of those surveyed have received some form of cyber security training, which underlines the importance of cyber security and the need to better understand the threat landscape.

Survey Methodology

The survey was conducted at GovernmentWare (GovWare) 2017 from September 19 to 21, 2017, in Singapore, the anchor conference at the Singapore International Cyber Week 2017 – the region’s most established cyber security convention. The in-person survey is based on responses from attendees including C-level IT professionals as well as managers and other executives.


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